Be My Guest: Become a guest in a Russian House

Becoming a guest in somebody’s house is a pleasant experience, especially if that ‘somebody’ has a distinctive culture, different customs and a different language. You will not only be able to indulge yourself in some exquisite homemade traditional food served by your host, but also immerse yourself in a new culture. Russians have long embraced the concept that “the guest is a king”, which means if you are invited by them, there will be a guarantee that you won’t starve or be treated inappropriately. They will serve you as much food as they can cook to make sure that your tummy is full. Am I kidding? No,…

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Why russians don’t smile so often?

  I visited Russia for the very first time in 2013. Despite of my lack of budget and planning, I decided to visit not only because I promised my boyfriend (that time) to visit him for a while and learn more about this country, but also because I always felt something that I call a ‘strange connection’ between Russia and I. I don’t believe in reincarnation and thoughts suggesting that I might be a reincarnation of somebody that lived in Russia in the ancient past never crossed my mind either. I am just always interested in something unique. Something that other people may not like. Something that…

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RUSSIANS’ NAMES

  A name is an essential thing for everybody in the world. I don’t know, maybe an E.T needs a name as well. But, when I remember Shakespeare’s quote - “What’s in a name?”, I feel doubt again. Maybe he has a reason.  Do names means nothing? In Indonesia, names mean everything. Your name is something that your parents gave especially to you. A name is a prayer and a hope of parents for their kids. That’s why, we have many interesting names, starting from real Indonesian names which are based on regions (Bambang - Javanese, Made - Balinese, etc).  Sanskrits names (Kirana, Gayatri)  and international names…

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WINTER FASHION IN RUSSIA

Russia. What do you think about this country when you hear it mentioned? I guess that you are imagining a woman using a scarf with flower pattern along with a long-out-of-date- skirt. If so then, you are totally wrong. ​Despite what you imagine about this country. Russian women are famous for their fashion. In short, they have really good dress sense (sometimes). Their clothes are always in fashion. Some of them (I bet) update their wardrobe every few months in a year, while some of them just have a good instinct for how to mix and match their clothes. Fashion is everything in Russia. Don’t dare to…

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